February 18, 2018 Shop Log

  • Continuing to progress on the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies
  • The slow part to the whole process is the cutting of the yokes…
  • Only 5 more stacking pallets to construct…
  • While waiting for the Shapeoko to finish its cutting job, I worked on the Loading Dock Video Patch Panel, cutting out the inner mounting plate on the Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver.
  • The finished product looks promising.
  • Last visit, I finished the installation of dust collection system on the X-Carve CNC Router.
  • During my reconfiguration of the X-Carve in Easel, to accept the dust shoe, I found myself stuck on setting up the Z-Axis Probe. Easel takes you through the setup process step-by-step, not allowing you to continue on until you complete the current task. The first step was to plug in the Z-Axis Probe, which I did and immediately instructed me to attach the clamp to the spindle collet. This is where I got confused, because the next grayed out instruction was touch the touch plate to the collet. However, when I touched the collet with the touch plate, nothing happened. I rebooted the computer, I reinstalled the X-Controller firmware and Easel driver software, I checked the continuity of the circuit, and I still could not move forward. Then I finally realized that the “attach the clamp to the collet” was a button that had to be pressed after clamping the collet. Idiot.

January 27, 2018 Shop Log

  • The key is to get the Shapeoko started right away while you are working on other tasks. You cannot leave it unattended, but at least you have something to do while you wait for a cutting job to complete.
  • I finished the last wheel board for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies and the first of the ADA-compliant stacking pallets. Only 11 pallets to go…
  • I also assembled more yoke assemblies…
  • And cut and routed some more components…

January 20, 2018 Shop Log

  • My first rendition of the shelf for the visor of McKenzie’s Jedi Challenges wasn’t quite right, so I made some modification and cut the new design on the X-Carve. While at it, I made a shelf for McKenzie’s SaberForge lightsaber.
  • The design worked well.
  • I added another layer of clear coat to the Jedi symbol.
  • The last wheel board underway.

December 29, 2017 Shop Log

  • Tomorrow is McKenzie’s birthday, and we are holding a Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie party. Using the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter, I made some birthday swag.
  • Of course, all the machines had to be in use. The Shapeoko cut two more set of CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dolly Yokes while I worked on the birthday swag project.
  • The Stacker 3D Printer was put to the task of printing up some spray can holders as I work at organizing the shop.
  • Jill asked for some stickers for the bags of the girls McKenzie invited over for a sleepover tomorrow night, so I obliged. For awhile, I was struggling to get my cutting software (Easy Cut Studio) to connect to my GCC Expert 24LX Vinyl Cutter. Then I discovered that it helps to reference the correct machine in the settings – GCC Expert 24LX, not GCC Expert II 24LX.
  • I also worked on setting up an old Raspberry Pi Model B to run xcarve-server, and my iMac to run xcarve-proxy. It allows me to communicate to the X-Carve wirelessly through the Raspberry Pi rather than a computer wired directly to the X-Controller. Courtesy of Adafruit.
  • Another addition to the MakerCave Art Gallery…